Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender News
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle hailed the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to include transgender scouts, a move that came just hours after she introduced a broad package of bills on Monday, January 30 that will strengthen civil rights for transgender individuals in New Jersey.
Posted with permission from NJ Spotlight. The head of Garden State Equality says a lawsuit by three lesbian couples has put a spotlight on the health needs of the gay community A federal lawsuit claiming a state regulation discriminates against gay couples seeking insurance coverage for infertility treatments may have sparked action on a potential
This year’s Jersey City Pride reports to be “more than an event, we are a movement.” And fourteen year old Siena Malmad is testimony to that. On August 25 from 7-10 pm, Malmad is launching Teen Pride, an interactive art, spoken word and music festival featuring LGBTQ and ally teen artists and performers ages 13-19 at
This is the seventh profile in a series for the #dayinthelifejc JCI Instagram take over, brought to you by Honey and Moon Photography and the Jersey City Independent. Meet Eduardo “Eddie” Baez, a social worker, co-chair of Jersey City’s LGBT Pride Festival, co-founder of Gayborhood Jersey City, and a local LGBT & HIV/AIDS activist. Eddie will
The flower box outside of Anatalie David’s business was initially decorated with a rainbow LGBT pride flag in commemoration of (and show solidarity to) the victims of the shooting at PULSE nightclub in Orlando. In fact, in preparation for Jersey City’s Vigil for Orlando, quite a few downtown businesses proudly displayed rainbow flags in their
Every Sunday morning, Michael Billy and his husband watch CNN over breakfast. This past Sunday, like so many of us, they watched reporting on the largest mass shooting in our country’s history. And like so many of us, they were devastated. “We were also angry,” says Billy, “because it was so clearly a targeted attack on the LGBT community, but
August 29 was warm and sunny and the perfect day for The 15th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival. The event, co-hosted and organized by Gayborhood Jersey City and Humanity Pride—took place on Newark Avenue between the PATH Station Plaza and Jersey Avenue. (Last year it was held in front of city hall.) Approximately 9,000
Every third Thursday of the month there is a gathering of forces in Jersey City. It could be at LITM, Porto Lounge, or even the Biergarten…but what you will notice is that there are a lot of women congregated in one spot. Welcome to “Girl Meet”—the first official “Meetup” group for lesbians in Jersey City.
Friday, June 26, was a historic day. The Supreme Court ruled to extend equal marriage rights to same-sex couples across the country. As a result, rainbow flags, the hashtag #lovewins, photos of same-sex couples and same-gender memes as well as arguments on both sides of the marriage equality decision took over social media, news feeds,
Earlier today the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can legally marry nationwide. It’s a historic day for LGBT rights and for full equality for all Americans. There are many Jersey City community activists and supporters that have worked tirelessly on this issue through the years. We as a community should be proud and grateful
Cindy Sproul, co-founder of RWN, welcomes attendees Approximately 250 attended this year’s 2nd Annual Same Love, Same Rights LGBT Wedding Expo on Sunday, Jan. 11. LGBT couples that attended the event could plan their wedding, honeymoon and future family options as the expo featured more than 20 vendors. Vendors included: venue options, photographers/videographers, DJ and
The 2nd Annual ‘Same Love, Same Rights’ LGBT Wedding Expo will be held at the Liberty House Restaurant, 76 Audrey Zapp Dr., on Sunday, Jan. 11, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. This event will include: ceremony planning tips, music and more than 20 LGBT friendly wedding professionals. Cindy Sproul, one of the founders of the RainbowWeddingNetwork.com
The 14th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon to 6 pm. This year’s festivities will take place on Grove Street in front of City Hall. Lady Clover Honey will be the ‘Empress of Ceremonies.’ According to Hudson Pride’s website, Honey is “one of the most versatile,
Wolf Sterling, owner of Pint Bar downtown (34 Wayne Street), has taken it upon himself to do something about the discriminatory laws faced by the LGBT community in Arizona and Kansas. In an effort to raise awareness, Sterling posted the above sign outside his business and on the bar’s Facebook page, and he hopes others will do the same.
(above) First Same-Sex Couples to Marry in Jersey City with Mayor Steve Fulop (center) On behalf of the Jersey City Independent, I congratulate all the couples who were the first to get married earlier this morning in Jersey City and throughout the State of New Jersey. It was already a great day to celebrate history
A rally, organized by Hudson Pride Connections Center and Humanity Pride Productions, plans on continuing the effort for marriage equality. The rally set for tomorrow, October 4 at 7:30 pm on the steps of City Hall, comes on the heels of a Supreme Court Judge ordering New Jersey to allow same-sex marriages. “We need to continue
New Jersey soon may no longer be one of the only two states in the northeast region not to recognize marriage equality. Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court ruled today that given the federal Supreme Court decision granting recognition to marriage for same-sex couples, New Jersey’s system of civil unions is inherently
County Executive, Thomas DeGise & Hudson Pride Connections Center Members at the Hudson County Flag Raising for JC Pride Festival 2013 New Jersey is just one of only two states in the northeastern United States where marriage equality has not yet been achieved. When the Supreme Court ruled earlier this summer to overturn the
Tuesday night, the first night of the convention, was just electric – there’s no other way to describe it. From Cory Booker’s dynamic speech through First Lady Michelle Obama’s incredible turn at the podium, the Time Warner Center was abuzz with excitement and renewed optimism for President Obama and the Democratic ticket. Governor Deval Patrick lit
The Hudson County LGBT Pride Festival was held at Exchange Place Plaza on Saturday where hundreds from Hudson County and beyond came to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride. The event was organized by the Jersey City-based Hudson Pride Connections Center and featured performances by the likes of Dujuana Sharese and the Plush Interior,